Director Ang Lee touts diligence as key to success

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Academy award-winning director Ang Lee says modesty and diligence have been the keys to his success in penetrating the foreign cultures that were part of many of his most notable films. Earlier this year,…

Afghan president ready to let US have 9 bases

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.S. can keep nine bases in Afghanistan after the scheduled 2014 NATO combat troop pullout, the country’s president said Thursday, the first time he has made such an offer in public. Hamid Karzai…

Karzai says US can have 9 Afghan bases after 2014

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.S. can keep nine bases in Afghanistan after the scheduled 2014 NATO combat troop pullout, the country’s president said Thursday, the first time he has made such an offer in public. Hamid Karzai…

IMS: US medicine spending shows rare dip in 2012

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Spending on prescription medicines in the U.S. fell for the first time in more than five decades last year. A new report from the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics states the total spent was…

Israel moving ahead with new settler housing

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s military says plans to build nearly 300 homes in a West Bank settlement are moving forward. The project could complicate efforts by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to restart Mideast peace talks. Palestinians…

UAE coup suspects seek probe into abuse claims

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A group of 94 suspects charged with plotting against the United Arab Emirates is seeking an independent investigation into their claims of abuses in custody. Their letter to the UAE’s president,…

Ripple effect after fire takes out Wyo. town store

CHUGWATER, Wyo. (AP) — It all began when a man exited Interstate 25 and barreled into town one evening last winter. A witness said John Barberini didn’t brake before he crashed into the Horton’s Corner convenience store Dec.…

‘Barefoot Bandit’ pleads guilty to burglary

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — The young man known as the “Barefoot Bandit” pleaded guilty to burglary in a Washington county court, perhaps closing the lengthy saga involving a run from the law in stolen cars, boats and…

Gunmen snatch former Pakistani PM’s son at rally

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani officials say gunmen have attacked an election rally in the southern Punjab province and abducted the son of former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani. A police official, Abdul Rehman, says gunmen stormed the rally…

Putin on Victory Day: Russia a security guarantor

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia will be a guarantor of world security, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday at the annual military parade on Red Square. Putin made his short speech at the culmination of Victory Day, marking the defeat…

Putin on Victory Day: Russia a security guarantor

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia will be a guarantor of world security, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday at the annual military parade on Red Square. Putin made his short speech at the culmination of Victory Day, marking the defeat…

Shakira on her post-baby body: ‘I look decent’

West Hollywood, Calif. (AP) — Colombian superstar Shakira is learning how to balance her demanding work schedule with being a new mom one day at a time. “It’s part of motherhood you know,” she said of juggling personal…
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Kansas Senate leader sees session going past 80 days

Top Republicans in the Kansas Legislature had dreamed of ending its annual session in 80 days, a show of efficiency that would have trimmed 10 days off the normal but often-violated schedule.…

Patriarch of fashion brand MIssoni dies in Italy

ROME (AP) — Italian fashion company Missoni says co-founder Ottavio Missoni has died at 92. Missoni founded the iconic fashion brand of zigzagged-patterned knitwear along with his wife, Rosita, in 1953. The Missonis are a family fashion dynasty,…